LEWISTON — Franco-American tradition will be on full display at the Franco Center, with a Christmas ham dinner followed by carols sung in French by a small choir at the next La Rencontre. The monthly event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 11, starting at 11:30 a.m. The cost of the meal and program is $8 per person.

Doors open at 10 a.m.

For reservations call 689-2000; leave a message or the office hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Reservations must be placed by Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. Email reservations may be sent to [email protected]

La Rencontre is not restricted to French-speakers or even those of Franco descent. All are welcome to attend this fun, monthly meal and event.

After a lunch of baked Black Oak ham, scallop potatoes, string beans and carrots, bread and butter, and a Noel Surprise for dessert, a group of singers led by Roger Bouffard will perform a set of Christmas carols that are sure to transport patrons back to a time when the Franco Center was still known as St. Mary’s Church and French-language Christmas music was the norm inside the building during the holiday season.

Executive Director Mitch Thomas advises not waiting until the last minute, since the Franco Center’s Heritage Hall will likely reach full capacity days before the registration deadline for this particular event.

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